Economic Diversity

National Universities

Economic diversity has received growing attention in higher education, particularly at elite schools that haven't traditionally enrolled large numbers of low-income students or students from low-income families. This table shows the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants for low-income students.

The proportion of students on Pell Grants, which are most often given to undergrads with family incomes under $20,000, isn't a perfect measure of an institution's efforts to achieve economic diversity: A college might enroll a large number of students just above the Pell cutoff, for instance, and percentages at public universities may reflect the wide variation from state to state in the number of qualified low-income students.

Still, many experts say that Pell figures are the best available gauge of how many low-income undergrads there are on a given campus. Pell Grant percentages were calculated using 2011-2012 school year data on the number of Pell Grant recipients at each school collected by the U.S. Department of Education and given to U.S. News and fall 2011 total undergraduate enrollment collected from the colleges themselves by U.S. News.

School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

14%
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

14%
Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

13%
University of Delaware

Newark, DE

13%
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

13%
College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

12%
Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

12%
Tufts University

Medford, MA

12%
Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

12%
University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

12%

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